PHOTO: Rodriguez pictured for first time in Madrid shirt; takes Ozil’s old jersey

James Rodriguez playing for Columbia

Colombian star officially joined Real Madrid on Tuesday after just one year with Monaco.

James Rodriguez has been officially presented to the Real Madrid fans following lengthy speculation about his future this summer.

The Colombian forward joins from Monaco in a deal believed to be around £63million, and will sport the number ten jersey. The shirt has not been filled since Mesut Ozil departed the Spanish giants for Arsenal last summer, and is a number steeped in history at the Bernabéu.

Rodriguez stunned audiences around the globe at the World Cup in Brazil throughout June and July, bagging six goals in the tournament to eventually see himself claim the prestigious Golden Boot award.

He leaves Monaco after just one season with the French club, having been transferred in a big-money deal from Porto just a year ago.

Rodriguez’s arrival has been long anticipated, after he was spotted in the Spanish capital over the weekend. Madrid then began selling shirts with ‘James’ and the number ten on the reverse, despite no official announcement from the club having been made.

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He becomes Real’s second major transfer of the summer, after the European Champions signed Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich. Kroos had a successful World Cup of his own, lifting the trophy with Germany ten days ago.

Rodriguez now confirms a new line-up of ‘Galactico’ signings at Madrid, as he joins the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and others, to leave them well equipped in their bid to dominate Europe once more.

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